More than a fraction too much faction

The timing of Barry O’Farrell’s departure, and its aftermath, reveal much about the heavily factionalised NSW Liberal Party, writes Norman Abjorensen

20 Apr 14 | Comments (1)

Yes, it is our ABC

The gulf between the views of the public and the ABC’s vocal critics is large and growing, writes Rodney Tiffen

05 Dec 13 | Comments (5)

Government by the old, for the old?

The politics of the ageing electorate is complicating government responses to the ageing society, writes Rodney Tiffen

27 Nov 13 | Comments (0)

Challenges for the Abbott agenda

Despite the pundits, it won’t be business as usual under the Coalition, says Norman Abjorensen. But the Senate will determine much of the style and rate of change

10 Sep 13 | Comments (1)

Rudd 1987 or Abbott 1996?

Has Labor’s campaign taken a fatal turn? History shows that divided control of campaign messages can be a disaster, writes Stephen Mills

20 Aug 13 | Comments (0)

Is the enemy of my friend always my enemy?

Do all Labor voters prefer the Greens to the Liberals? Do National Party voters opt for the Liberals if their own party isn’t running? What evidence we have suggests the answer isn’t straightforward, writes Paul Rodan

07 Mar 13 | Comments (1)

The electoral calculus of campaign oxygen

For more than a quarter of a century, short election campaigns have been the norm, writes Norman Abjorensen. Julia Gillard’s announcement recalls longer, and sometimes riskier, campaigns

31 Jan 13 | Comments (0)

Tony Abbott and the challenge of a Green-controlled Senate

It looks likely that the Greens will still hold the balance of power in the Senate after the next election. Norman Abjorensen looks at the numbers and asks: how would Tony Abbott deal with them?

04 Sep 12 | Comments (1)